Sept. 26, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- University of Georgia senior Wil Spencer took down third-ranked and top-seeded Eric Quigley in straight sets, 7-6(6), 6-3, Monday morning on his way to the Division I singles title at the 44th annual Southern Intercollegiate Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Spencer secured Georgia its fourth title at this event in the last three seasons, while the Bulldogs have now won a total of 18 singles championships at what is believed to be the oldest fall college tournament in the nation.
"It's an awesome feeling," Spencer said. "It feels great to win against tough competition. I had to play [Ignacio Taboada] to get here, and it's always tough to play your teammate. It's great to win on your home courts, and it's an honor to win Coach Magill's tournament on his courts, with him cheering for me. It was a unique experience."
No. 6-ranked Spencer opened strong in the championship match, breaking early and eventually building a 5-2 lead in the first set. But Quigley rallied to go up 6-5 and Spencer held to force the tiebreaker, which he won by an 8-6 score. He then took another 2-0 lead in the second before stretching it out to 5-3 and serving out for the championship.
Georgia concludes a successful weekend of play in the fall tournament with four players in the Division I quarterfinals and three in the semis. In Division I doubles, Georgia had two teams in the quarterfinals.
"I'm really pleased with the way the guys came out and competed," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "We're pleased to have gotten three of four guys in the semifinals and Wil coming away with the championship. This is a great start to hopefully a great year."
The final version of the Southern Intercollegiate results and draws will be posted to Georgiadogs.com at the conclusion of play today. Spencer and the Bulldogs are back in action next weekend, traveling to the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational Oct. 1-3 in Atlanta.